Apple’s new Swift Playgrounds app turns kids into coders

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Coding is fun with Swift Playgrounds.
Coding is fun with Swift Playgrounds.
Photo: Apple

Apple introduced a powerful new way to teach kids how to learn to code today with a new app called Swift Playgrounds that makes learning Swift as easy as ABC.

The iPad app helps students learn to code by presenting a number of simple lessons aimed at kids, though simpleton non-coder adults can learn a great deal from it as well.

“We believe coding should be a required language in all schools,” says Tim Cook. “We hope this gift to kids and schools around the world will make coding a regular part of their day.”

The simple app helps newbies master the basics of coding with games and other activities. It comes with a special coding keyboard that includes the most frequently used symbols in Swift.

In addition to teaching kids the basics of Swift, the app also offers some more advanced lessons, like controlling physics. The app is launching with the developer build of iOS 10 and will launch in the App Store for free this fall.